IF THE “deemed” university status was virtually up for grabs during Arjun Singh’s tenure as the human resource development (HRD) minister, acquiring the same tag, it seems, is impossible these days.
After the central government stripped 44 universities of their “deemed” status about two years ago, the University Grants Commission (UGC) seems to have put the process of conferring the sought-after tag into deep freeze.
So, in 2010 and 2011, the UGC has not declared even a single institution as deemed university as against 35 such approvals in 2008 and 2009.
What is a Deemed University?
Deemed university is a status of autonomy given to those institutes which are performing excellent in their domains. This status of ‘Deemed-to-be-University’, is granted by Department of Higher Education, Union Human Resource Development Ministry, on the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.
The Central Govt .of India which actually establishes the central university in India is also responsible for declaring an educational institution as a Deemed University. However this is done only under the guidelines set by UGC. The UGC may also decide to fund some of these Deemed Universities.
A Deemed University enjoys the privileges of a private university like designing their own syllabus and course work. They also get the autonomy to set its own guidelines regarding admission and fees. Thus the Deemed Universities in India get the opportunities to develop their own unique course structure to prepare the students to enter into diverse fields after the completion of their study. Those Deemed Universities which continue to perform well eventually get the status of a full- fledged University.
List of Top 5 Deemed-to-be-Universities (Technical) in India:
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore : This is an excellent college situated in Banglore,Karnataka .It has got an excellent scope for research fellows, excellent infrastructure and excellent placements.
To read more please follow the link : http://www.iisc.ernet.in/index.php.
International Institute Of Information Technology, Hyderabad: It is one of the best institutes in India. It has got an excellent infrastructure and excellent placement record.
To read more please follow the link: http://www.iiit.ac.in/
BITS Pilani: BITS pilani is one of the few private colleges in India that are at par with the IITs. It has got one of the best infrastructure, amazing placements and high class laboratories and workshops.
To read more please follow the link: http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in/
Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi: This is a good institute with excellent placement record situated in the heart of Delhi.
To read more please follow the link: http://www.jamiahamdard.edu/
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham or Amrita University is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary, NAAC A grade accredited, research and teaching university located in India.
To read more please follow the link: http://www.amrita.edu/
Image: BITS Pilani Campus (L) & Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Campus (R)
Pros of a Deemed University
- Better Placement Opportunities: Since only a few colleges in India have the deemed status, so companies hire the students at premium salary packages, also the total number of offers are generally on the higher side.
- Better syllabus: They don’t have to abide by the syllabus of any particular university hence they can draft a syllabus which is the best and can amend it from time to time.
- Better Facilities: Deemed Universities have a better infrastructure, excellent laboratories and a very good faculty support to their students. Also, the faculty-to-student ratio is generally on the lower side.
Cons of a deemed university
- Discretion of decision in the hand of college authorities: As a student you cannot challenge any decision of the college management. The fee may get revised in the middle of the semester and you cannot challenge it.
- High fee structure: These colleges have a higher fee structure than the normal private colleges, as they are not governed by the rules of any govt. organization.
Mode of admission in Deemed Universities
Most Deemed Universities in India admit students on the basis of the AIEEE. Some colleges, like BITS Pilani, BITS Goa, etc conduct their own examination (BITSAT) to admit students.
So, in a nutshell, most deemed-to-be-universities offer premium quality of education in comparison to their peer institutes, but then again, there are some which exploit their deemed tag to fleece students.
So make an informed decision while choosing a college to have a bright career ahead.